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Can Magneto control and manipulate metal ores?

Magneto is the master of magnetism and by controlling and manipulating electromagnetic fields he can control various metals (including non-Ferro-magnetic ones). Ore is a metal locked inside rocks via ...
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Chinese movie series name where mc is creator and smart but he lost h's memory

The reason I remember clearly about this series is that in one epsoide he made a prosthetic arm and leg with iron for a bandit out of pity but that bandit/robber used it to rob bank or pawn shop (cuz ...
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How does magnetic sealing work in Star Wars?

In the original Star Wars, the trash compactor walls were magnetically sealed and when Han Solo tried to blast the wall, the blaster bolt ricocheted off the walls until it hit some detritus in the ...
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Why don't people have allergies on certain planets in Star Wars?

I recently finished The High Republic: Defy the Storm (Canon High Republic Phase III YA novel) and on pg. 300, something very intriguing is said: Cair immediately began charming everyone with smiles ...
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Was it ever shown or explained how intelligent underwater species in the Star Wars galaxy developed technology?

There are a huge bunch of species that originated underwater in the Star Wars galaxy. My question was: How did they become technologically advanced if they couldn't invent fire? I did some digging and ...
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How infertile are humans in The Handmaid's Tale?

With regards to The Handmaid's Tale, do the books or adaptations give us any clues as to just how infertile humanity has become? Relatedly, is there any sense as to whether the local or global ...
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Has there ever been a depiction of a futurist in Star Wars Legends or Canon?

I love futurism and even though Star Wars is more science-fantasy than sci-fi; they DO have technology and science and scientists are often featured in various stories. Philosophers are also mentioned....
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Analog science fact article about dimensions

I am looking for a science fact article from Analog mid-60s to late 80s. Discusses how a choice for dimensions makes things or harder. One example is furlongs-per-fortnight for velocity. I remember ...
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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales; Explanation for bio-electrical energy system's chemical formula and link to NuForm [closed]

This is a screenshot from Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS4. The chemical formula is captioned as "Bio-Electrical energy system; * chemicals that interact w/ nuform" and was found on ...
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Who "seeded" Arrakis' flora and fauna? And with what?

I'm currently about halfway through Dune and I'm curious about the speculative ecology therein. I'm going to disregard the Sandworms/Sandtrout because (a) they're stated to not be native to Arrakis ...
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Book about a spaceship with cities, deserts, lakes, and artificial sun and stars

I am looking for a book that has a spaceship with cities (including a "New London") as well as lakes and an artificial sun and stars. The ship starts to crack and the authorities try to hide ...
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Identifying/remembering project about speculative evolution on another planet

Another specbio/specevo related question, though not so much about SF/F proper but a real world project As a kid I had a copy of the Dorling-Kindersley book 'Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide' ...
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In Stargate: Atlantis can Wraith survive extreme weather?

I know there was an episode where a Wraith had been found on a planet near Atlantis. I also know that Sheppard found a patch of ice in the shade. What I don't know is the science behind it. How ...
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1960s Short story, robot assassin

I read this at least fifty years ago so very faint memories - an anthology in the UK - no thoughts on the cover or any other stories. This guy is carrying on his humdrum life, one evening he's in some ...
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Teaching alien race about scientific method and religion [duplicate]

I read a short-story/novella/novel 10 years ago, about a (scientist/astronaut) who crash(?)-landed on an unknown planet. He soon discovers these short and fearsome aliens with pointy teeth. He figures ...
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Is there a real substance called "bismullah"?

In a science fiction story "Schedule" by Harry Walton, June, 1945, Earthmen trade for a substance callled "bismullah", mined on Rhea, a moon of Saturn. And I assumed that that ...
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Has Batman addressed the hazard of lead exposure while wearing lead in his armor?

Batman is sometimes seen to wear lead lining in his costume, for example in Superman/Batman Annual 1 or Superman/Batman #9, as well as other occasions as detailed here. In DC canon, lead poisoning ...
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Are clinical trials done in the Star Trek universe?

It's a very common trope in the Star Trek universe for treatments to the disease du jour to be developed and rolled out very rapidly. Many, if not most, of the main characters or even most of an ...
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Did James Blish just make up a bunch of scientific disciplines?

In A Case of Conscience appears this quote: “You should see what they can do with mixed disciplines—scholia like histochemistry, immunodynamics, biophysics, terataxonomy, osmotic genetics, ...
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Sci fiction / fantasy novel about a teenager with telekinesis but couldn't control it not until a mysterious young man taught him

The novel is more of a teen sci-fi book. I can't remember the author, but it's somewhere along the line of Anthony Horowitz. It's a paper back series novel. I read it in my high school's library ...
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How fast is a moth?

I am currently re-re-watching Lexx season 4 episode 2, and it seems like the moth is extraordinarily fast. It passes a shuttle, and seems to arrive on Earth in a matter of hours. My understanding is ...
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Mid-century novel read in elementary school, about a woman with coloured skin and her guardian on a distant planet [duplicate]

Any help with this would be much appreciated, as it's been slowly driving me insane. In elementary school (c. mid 90s), the entire class read a sci-fi novel about a girl with coloured-skin (green or ...
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Story set on a planet/sun moving through our solar system with alien life experiencing many generations for a human generation [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a story set on a planet/sun moving through our solar system with alien life experiencing many generations for a human generation. I recently found a reference to it online but I ...
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Are there any (natural) scientists in Middle-earth?

Put simply: by scientists, I mean a people whose job is to examine the world around them. I know that a lot of characters even from LOTR are well educated and they used to study old books etc. But I ...
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What avenues of science are left to explore for a scientist in the Star Wars galaxy? [closed]

I know this question may be considered too broad, but I legitimately wonder what science scientists are working on in Star Wars. Many many people have said that there is no scientific progression in ...
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Documentary: Scientist holding guns gets shot from self version in a portal and marble balls animation demonstrating gravity?

I saw a documentary or movie about a long time ago (8-10 years ago), where it delved into the to sort of moral or hypothetical situation about space-time or something about that. EDIT: (Most likely of ...
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What does the term 'serum' refer to in science fiction stories? [closed]

Most definitions say that it is a component of blood that has been in a centrifuge, but I haven't seen any definitions that is associated with sci-fi. I often came across this word when people talk ...
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Television episode about scientists discovering the Grand Unification Theory, as each one discovers it they begin to vanish

I'm still trying to find another sci-fi show/series/episode - it has similarities to the one Twilight Zone with the experimental aircraft (And When the Sky was Opened). But in this one, a bunch of ...
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How many calories does the Human Torch burn?

I mean the guy has to burn a lot of calories, literally. So how many calories does he need to take in, to engulf himself in flames for at least an hour? Assumption(?) for this question: he does draw ...
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Transporter Displacement [duplicate]

I'm aware of the "Heisenberg compensator" plot device to explain how transporters get around the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. However, it occurs to me that there is an even more basic (i.e., in ...
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What were the power sources of the rings from Captain Planet?

Captain Planet's 'Planeteers' each have a powerful ring. What is the source of their power and does the use of this power itself cause pollution (e.g. is their use a ...
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The slide rule in the science fiction [closed]

Inspired by this cover of (a particular case of the more general phenomenon of "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology) I will ask: How popular is the slide rule in the science ...
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Star Trek Discovery (Episode 9) Klingon Cloaking Device Explanation [closed]

Not sure if this is a question for SciFi SX or Physics SX. In Star Trek Discovery (Season 1 Episode 9) the USS Discovery (aka good guys) are in war with the Klingons (bad guys). The bad guys have ...
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Why do the Starfleet vessels always get cold so quickly when the power goes out? [closed]

The ISS is mostly concerned with expelling heat. So if the power went out the instruments would stop giving off heat but the bodies should produce quite a lot and if the ship is only losing heat by ...
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Is there any evidence of relativity in the Star Wars universe?

In the comments on How is age kept track of in the Star Wars universe? we started discussing the relevance of relativity in the star wars universe. Is there any evidence in Canon or Legends of any ...
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In Flowers for Algernon was Charley actually less intelligent than he was before the procedure?

We note that Algernon, the mouse, died and that seems to indicate that the procedure not only wore off but had some severe after-effects. Charley Gordon did not die but was it suggested that he was ...
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Explanation of this quote "it took man six thousand years really to discover science"?

The quote is from Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God", 1941, and in full is: It took man six thousand years really to discover science, three hundred to put it to work. It took Kidder's creatures ...
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What radiation is present in Star Trek TNG The Drumhead?

In Star Trek: TNG Episode "The Drumhead" (4x21) there was a breach in the dilithium chamber that caused a radiation leak that caused them to have isolation doors drop and prevent the crew access to ...
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What are the units of mass and the standards of comparison in Westeros?

In Game of Thrones S07E01, someone weighs a body part (not being specific to avoid spoilers)-- and finds that it weighs 147 (or something). It always bothers me when people specify unit-less ...
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Why couldn't Morpheus have used the emp at the end of The Matrix while Neo was still in the Matrix if it doesn't fry their own tech anyway?

As shown at the beginning of the movie, using the EMP doesn't damage anything in the ship, so why did they have to wait until Neo was out of the Matrix to use it ? Even if it only damages online ...
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How did they get away from the tsunami if there were 45 minutes before the next slide?

In Sliders season 1, episode 6 "Summer of Love", at the end of the episode they slide onto a world and Q-Ball (Quinn Mallory) says the next slide is in 45 minutes. Then they hear a rumbling and they ...
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Is bacta a substitute for Nanomedicine in the Star Wars universe?

No mention is ever made of nanomedicine in Star Wars canon. Is it because bacta can accomplish what nanomedicine can accomplish or could the two exist as different procedures?
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Is there any example of gene therapy in the Star Wars canon?

I tried researching it, but sometimes Wookieepedia is incomplete and I haven't read all the literature. It was used in Legends, but was gene therapy used in the new canon?
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Is there any scientific basis behind the "Big Mistake" theory in Hyperion? [closed]

The Big Mistake of the Hyperion books says: The "Big Mistake" was a cataclysmic event thought to have destroyed Old Earth, having been brought about when a team of physicists in Kiev created an ...
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Is a sonic screwdriver possible? [closed]

Keeping it simple, is it possible to use sonic waves to apply rotary force to an object? And, if so, would it be possible to provide enough power to it via conventional battery tech?
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Is it possible for Supergirl to have sex or offspring?

Can Supergirl have sex and have children? Strange question but worth asking.
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Where did the apes find another Icarus spaceship to return to Earth?

Where did the apes find another Icarus spaceship to return to earth? How did they have the knowledge to pilot it?
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Why couldn't the crew of the Phoenix use known pulsars to determine their position?

In C J Cherryh's novel Visitor (17th novel in the Foreigner series), it's revealed that: In real life, we made a point of engraving the solar system relative vectors of known pulsars on the Pioneer ...
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Echo Death, obscure novel from 1972?

Can anyone help to find the exact title and author of a novel I read in 1972? It was checked out of a library, and I believe it was a new release at the time, though I may be wrong about that. I ...
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Economics of the Empire

The Empire seems very similar in a lot of ways to Nazi Germany, which only survived because it was able to plunder resources from its neighbors, but the Empire was basically the only real force in the ...
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